Alexa Nieschlag was born in 1975 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Growing up bilingually with her American mother and German father in the university town of Münster, Germany, she went on to study law in Cologne, Germany, before moving to New York City in 2001. There, she worked as a fundraiser for the Salzburg Festival before spending more than five years at Carnegie Hall, first in Artistic Programming and subsequently in the Executive Office. During this time, she began to translate as a freelancer and also branched out with projects as diverse as managing a touring tango show and co-founding and managing a small amateur chorus.
In 2008, she returned to Germany, settling in Berlin, where she became orchestra manager of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, an orchestra uniting music students from academies all around the Baltic Sea under the leadership of Kristjan Järvi. Here, she was responsible for the day-to-day running of all aspects of the orchestra, especially at the beginning of the project, which grew from two concerts per year to three or four concert tours per year during her tenure, establishing itself firmly on the international youth orchestra scene.
She left the Baltic Youth Philharmonic at the end of 2011 and currently works as a freelance translator specializing mainly in music and the arts. From January to July 2013, she worked as interim projects manager for the European Union Youth Orchestra in London. She is currently editor for the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin.
An active singer as well, she is currently a member of the Berlin Bach Academy.